Cinema legend Omar Sharif laid to rest in Cairo

Legendary actor Omar Sharif laid to rest in his home country of Egypt in Cairo mosque on Sunday

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The funeral of Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, who died on Friday at the age of 83 following a heart attack, was held in Cairo on Monday.

Close friends and family paid their respects to the legendary actor who was best known as Doctor Zhivago and as Sharif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia.

Sharif died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 83.

The fellow actor Hussein Fahmy and former Egyptian Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawas, a close friend of the star, attended his funeral service. 

Fahmy described Sharif as "a man who loved Egypt and represented the Egyptian art in its best form."

He also added “Somebody that we're going to miss for a very long time," 

The service was also attended by a group of Sharif's relatives, friends and Egyptian actors. 

Sharif’s his casket draped in the Egyptian flag and a black shroud. 

Zahi Hawass, an archaeologist and former Egyptian antiquities minister, said he had 'lost a close friend while the world lost a great actor'. As a movie star, he will not be repeated again. He was unique," 

Egyptian star Sharif won two Golden Globe awards and an Oscar nomination for his role as Sherif Ali in David Lean's 1962 made Lawrence of Arabia.

He won a Golden Globe three years later for Doctor Zhivago.

When he died on Friday, people from around the world paid tribute to Sharif. 

TRTWorld and agencies